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Incunabulum

Postby scw1217 » Mon Jan 05, 2009 8:42 am

I came across this word, "incunabulum", in a Wikipedia article about the Gutenberg Bible.

Wikipedia wrote:This Bible is the most famous incunabulum and its production marked the beginning of the mass production of books in the West.


And it has an interesting word history...

Dictionary.com wrote:n. pl. in·cu·nab·u·la (-lə)

1. A book printed before 1501; an incunable.
2. An artifact of an early period.


[New Latin incūnābulum, from sing. of Latin incūnābula, swaddling clothes, cradle : in-, in; see in-2 + cūnābula, cradle, infancy (from cūnae, cradle; see kei-1 in Indo-European roots).]
in'cu·nab'u·lar (-lər) adj.


The same article includes another interesting word, "rubricated".

Wikipedia wrote:Gutenberg produced these Bibles (which were printed, then rubricated and illuminated by hand, the work of specialized craftsmen) over a period of a year, the time it would have taken to produce one copy in a Scriptorium.


The definition

Dictionary.com wrote:–adjective
(in ancient manuscripts, early printed books, etc.) having titles, catchwords, etc., distinctively colored.

–verb (used with object), -cat⋅ed, -cat⋅ing.
1. to mark or color with red.
2. to furnish with or regulate by rubrics.
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Postby Slava » Thu Nov 11, 2010 7:02 pm

A popular word, treated a couple of times:

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